Immigrant Ancestors

Peter Erb

A sketch of Bern, Switzerland soon after the time of Peter Erb’s residence, 1757

On this day, 24 May 1801, Peter Erb passed away. He was my 8th great-grandfather.

In February 1712, Peter Erb was born in Bern, Switzerland to parents Hans Erb and Barbara Moser.

Peter Erb joined the following known siblings: Nicholas (born 1703), Barbara (born 1704), and Anna (born 1707). The final known sibling, Ulrich, was welcomed to the family in 1715. Nothing more is known of Peter Erb’s childhood.

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Rev. Joseph Hull

My genealogical researches have uncovered dozens of devout ancestors. This is the third installment of a series of posts titled “Doing God’s Work: Our Families’ Faithful”, documenting the lives of those who served God.


In the previous post of this series, I presented the life and times of William Christian, a vicar on the Isle of Man.  This one focuses on the life of Rev. Joseph Hull.

Joseph Hull, my 12th great-grandfather, was born in 25 April 1594, in Crewkerne, Somerset, England. He was the youngest child of Thomas Hull, a yeoman, and Joane Peson/Pysing (spelling varies).

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Hans Michael Thomas

Schifferstadt Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

On this day, 25 September 1784, Hans Michael Thomas passed away. He was my 6th great-grandfather.

Born 3 October 1719, in Schifferstadt, Rhein-Pfalz-Kreis, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Hans Michael Thomas was the son of Johannes (Hans) Michel Thomas and Anna Veronica Lang.

When he was ten and a half years old, Hans Michael Thomas, his parents, and siblings boarded the ship, Thistle of Glasgow, under the direction of Captain Colin Dunlop, and sailed from Rotterdam, Netherlands to Dover, England. There were 77 families or single persons on board for a total of 260 passengers. The ship departed Dover on 19 June 1730, bound for Philadelphia. On 29 August 1730, the Thistle of Glasgow arrived in the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Christopher Erb

On this day 11 June 1810, Christopher Erb, my 7th great-grandfather, died in Carroll County, Maryland.

Born in 1748, Christopher Erb was the son of Swiss immigrants Peter Erb and Maria Lowis.

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Chapline Family Forebearers

On this day, 5 June 1718, William Chapline II passed away. He was my 9th great-grandfather.

Born in 1659 in Calvert County, Maryland, William Chapline II was the son of Mary Hooper and William Chapline I.

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